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Randall Murray: Chilean wine masqueraded as Merlot
Randall Murray
Randall Murray is a Gainesville-area resident. Have a question about wine? He can be contacted at His column publishes monthly.
Used only sparingly by the French, Carmenere vines were planted in Chile in the 19th century. Plant identification at the time was nothing like it is today and eventually the grapes, and the wines made from them, became known as “Chilean Merlot.”